I Liked It!
Opposites definitely attract in book two of the How To Date a Douchebag Series by Sara Ney!
Zeke Daniels is the epitome Douchebag, he’s cocky, a jerk, and isn’t the best friend to have. He’s angry at the world, and doesn’t try anyone in his life all that great. Violet, his tutor, is the complete opposite of Zeke. She’s quiet, sweet, and kind to everyone and everything. When these two are forced together over and over again, sparks fly and things definitely heat up.
As this story progresses, we get to see that even though these two may seem to be complete opposites, they actually do have a lot in common, but it’s how they handled their pasts that made them who they are today. Violet took her past and handled it with grace, and it made her into the strong sweet girl she is today, where Zeke, let it make him into the Douchebag he is now.
I really enjoyed watching Violet push Zeke out of his comfort zone, especially when he was working with his little Kyle. Her suggestions on what to do with Summer and Kyle were quite enjoyable and seeing Zeke interact with Kyle, who I thought was a great side character, was awesome. Zeke may act like a hard ass, but he really is a softie as well. He just doesn’t like to show that to many people.
These two have so many “will they or won’t they” moments in this book it will make your head spin. I really was rooting for them to make it work, but towards the end when Zeke really messes up, I would have totally understood if Violet wouldn’t have taken him back. Zeke is a hard character at times to like, let alone love. He has problems, and he really is a jerk. He does and says things that will make you hate him, but then he’ll turn around and make you fall in love with him again. I was left at the end loving him, but it took me a while to get there. Like I said he’s a hard character to love because of some of his actions in this book. Violet on the other hand I couldn’t help but love. She’s a beautifully written character and I wish everyone could have the positive outlook on life that she has.
This story was a really enjoyable read. I loved how much I loved and hated Zeke, and how conflicted I was on if I wanted him to get an HEA. I knew I wanted Violet to be happy, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted Zeke to have one. Getting to see Oz and James from the first book was also a plus (you do NOT have to read The Studying Hours before reading this).
How to Date a Douchebag: The Failing Hours is an enjoyable read that has some laugh out loud moments, some moments that will make you want to throw your kindle and some other moments that will have you swooning. I was conflicted at times with how I felt about Zeke, but in the end I really enjoyed where Sara Ney took us on his and Violet’s story and I really loved the epilogue at the end!